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ESB Networks Update on Storm Hannah

  • 10,000 electricity customers are without power in counties Cork and Kerry, with further outages expected
  • STAY SAFE, STAY CLEAR of any damaged electricity network, it may be LIVE and it can KILL : report any damage to 1850 372 999

Issued: 26 April 2018 at 8:30 pm

Gale force winds associated with Storm Hannah this evening have caused damage to the electricity network affecting approximately 10,000 homes, farms and businesses, predominantly in counties Kerry and Cork. With the storm continuing to track across other counties, further damage to the network can be expected.  The damage is mainly attributable to trees falling on overhead lines as a result of the high winds, which have been recorded as in excess of 130 kph. 

ESB Networks has mobilised and is in the process of despatching repair crews to affected areas to make the electricity network safe, assess the damage caused and safely restore power as quickly and effectively as possible.

Areas most affected include the Iveragh and Dingle peninsulas and areas of West Cork including Macroom.

Real time information on power outages and restoration times is available on the PowerCheck App or

ESB Networks apologises for any inconvenience caused.

An Important Public Safety Message: If you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they are LIVE and extremely dangerous. Please report any damage to electricity infrastructure by calling 1850 372 999.

If your fault is not logged please report it at here or on 1850 372 999. Customers should have their MPRN available to access recorded information specific to their location. 

You can also check @ESBNetworks on Twitter for updates.

ESB Networks is reminding customers of the precautionary measures to take in the event of a power cut: 
• Stay Safe, Stay Clear: Never approach broken lines or damaged poles, and keep children and animals away – report damage to ESB Networks at 1850 372 999 and listen to recorded messages carefully 
• Turn off electric cookers, ovens, irons, etc. if electricity supply is lost 
• Leave a light switched on so you know when power has been restored 
• Take extra care if using candles, oil lamps or other naked flames 
• Test smoke alarms with fresh batteries 
• Ensure adequate ventilation if using gas heaters.

Media enquiries to:

ESB Press Office, 01 702 6009